Collecting Railroad China Dinnerware

"Milwaukee Peacock" - This is an "exclusive" pattern: The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific bought the right to exclusive use of this pattern from Syracuse China, which agreed to sell it to no other customers. An important note is that the rights they bought included the bird with this blue scallop edge design only! For it to be authentic railroad china, a piece MUST include both the blue scallops and the peacock. Another important note is that "exclusive" patterns usually never carry railroad markings.

Back in the glory days of over-the-rails passenger transportation, railroad companies strove to create an atmosphere of luxury aboard their trains. A critical part of making travelers’ experiences splendidly upscale was providing actual chinaware on […]